Wednesday, February 22, 2017

PRAYER OF COMMITMENT (for an Annual Meeting Sunday)

(This prayer references and indeed quotes both A New Creed and A Song of Faith, parts of the Doctrine section in the United Church of Canada's Basis of Union)

God, you call us to be the church;
to celebrate your presence, to explore how to live lives based on love and justice.
God you call us to be the church,
to proclaim the Good News of the Risen Christ, to be made ready to live and serve.
God we acknowledge that the church has not always lived up to its vision
and so we pray that the Holy Spirit would reorient it and us
helping us balance faith and tradition,
so that the church might be a blessing to the earth.
God you call us to sing of a church with purpose,
faith nurtured and hearts comforted,
gifts shared for the good of all,
resistance to the forces that exploit and marginalize,
fierce love in the face of violence,
human dignity defended,
members of a community held and inspired by God, corrected and comforted,
instrument of the loving Spirit of Christ,
And so we sing of your mission O God,
pledging ourselves anew to answer the call to be the church in the world. Amen.

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